Camping the Rockies: Camping Reservation in the Canadian Rockies

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Written by Patrick J. Smith posted on Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

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Thinking about taking a camping vacation in the Canadian Rockies? If you’re making the trip from any decent distance and this it THE VACATION of your year, you may want to make reservations for your campground. Nothing’s worse than pulling into the park, finding out that the place you wanted to camp in Jasper National Park or Banff National Park are all occupied, then running into town and trying to scrounge up a last minute hotel.

Don't mess with your vacation, reserve you Canadian Rockies campground before it's too late.

It’s a nightmare, right? So take our advice and call ahead. Think, with one simple phone call to Parks Canada, you could avoid some major stress on your next family vacation. You can also get up to date info on any closures, changes or anything else that may help avoid vacation disasters.

You can call Parks Canada reservations toll-free to 1.877.737.3783 (1.877.RESERVE) to reserve your spot at your chosen Banff or Jasper campgrounds. Please note that reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

You may also want to visit Parks Canada for descriptions of all campsites (reservable and non-reservable) on national park grounds. Below you’ll find info on some Canadian Rockies campgrounds you may want to make reservations for.

Tunnel Mountain Village II

  • 188 sites
  • open year-round (reservable May 14- October 3)
  • some sites available by reservation, others first-come, first served
  • 15 and 30-amp electric hookups at each site, (no water or sewer hookups)
  • can accommodate vehicles up to 50 feet long
  • flush toilets
  • hot showers
  • fire pits and picnic tables at each site
  • kitchen shelters located on grounds
  • pets allowed
  • fee: $32.30 (subject to change)

Rampart Creek Campground

  • reservations not accepted, all first-come, first-served*
  • 50 sites on 4 loops, some overlooking the North Saskatchewan River
  • can only accommodate small RVs, no hookups
  • back-in sites only
  • open June 25 – September 6 (weather permitting)
  • dry toilets
  • water stations
  • well water (hand pumped)
  • kitchen shelters with wood burning cook stoves
  • garbage containters + recycling bins
  • food containers (bear safe)
  • fire pits and firewood (available when you get the required fire permit)
  • disabled access
  • fee: $15.70 fee for site, $8.80 fee for use of fire pit (subject to change)

*Check out time is at 11 a.m., and is therefore the best time to arrive to secure a site.

For more information about camping in Banff National Park:

Banff National Park
Box 900
Banff, AB
Canada, T1L 1K2
Phone: (403) 762-1550

Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court

This is Banff’s biggest campground area, with 320 sites. Staying here, you’ll get great views of the valley, the Hoodoos and the Banff Springs Golf Course. It is located on Tunnel Mountain, just 2.4 km from the town of Banff. That’s within walking distance! In addition to the campground’s services, food, laundry and even a waterslide are nearby!

And lucky for you, it is also the only campground in the national park that has full RV hookups available (15 and 30-amp electrical hookups, water and sewer). The sites can accommodate large RVs, up to 50-feet long, and are pull-through (not just back-in).

Some of the sites are reservable, while others remain open for visitors on a first-come, first served basis. The campground is open from early May to early October (reservable May 14- October 3).

Additional Services

  • flush toilets
  • hot showers
  • pets allowed
  • each site has a picnic table
  • disabled accessible
  • interpretive programs
  • fee: $38.20 (subject to change)
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